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    September 8, 2010
    11:00 - 11:30am PDT  

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♪ we begin with a fight over furloughs. this morning the california supreme court is considering lawsuits filed by more than 100,000 state workers. >> at issue whether governor schwarzenegger has the power to make them take unpaid days off. abc 7's terry mcsweeney is live at the state building in san francisco where the arguments are underway. terry? >> a total of three losses argued before the state supreme court today and here is the question: does the governor acting alone have the power to impose furloughs on state workers. he did just that, two furlough
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days a month and that amounted to about a 14% pay cut. everyone agrees on one thing, that the state was in a fiscal cries sit and still is and that's why he used furloughs in the first place. the dmv a very noticeable spot where it impacted the public. attorneys for the state were says the fiscal crisis was unprecedented and the governor has the power to impose furloughs by executive order. attorneys for unions representing 114,000 state workers were saying furloughs are a violation of labor agreements including a guaranteed 40-hour work week and it's illegal. >> you can negotiate with unions. you can institute hiring freezes, travel freezes, overtime freezes. you can line item veto budgets for the same savings. he has all these options that are lawful. he chose the one unlawful.
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>> it stems from his implied and inherent powers as the chief executive officer of the state of california. >> a sacramento superior court judge ruled in favor of the governor in all three lawsuits recently and here's where it's going to be figured out once and for all. today's arguments lasted 90 minutes. a decision is expected sometime in the next 90 days. a lot of people are hoping maybe this can be expedited and they can get a decision because there are 114,000 state workers wondering if they're going to get back time or this is how it's going to be. >> terry, thanks very much. governor schwarzenegger is at a silicon valley semiconductor company offering a preview of his upcoming trade mission to china. the governor toured marvel technology in santa clara within the last hour. schwarzenegger and a group of silicon valley leaders including marvel executives leave for china tomorrow. they'll spend six days there promoting california business. the governor will also make a pitch for the bay area to host
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the world expo in 2020. the event ferm early known as the world's fair is now in shanghai and takes play every five years. president obama says millionaires don't need a tax cut because they're less likely to spend the money and help the economy. he's proposing infrastructure structure investments and business tax incentives. the white house is out of touch with the american public. he said there should be a freeze on all tax rates. >> how much oracle is planning to pay its co-president mark hurd. the redwood city company plans to pay the former h. p. ceo $950,000 a year just in salary. is also eligible for bonus of $500 million in the fiscal year. but the biggest part of the package is the 10 million stock options oracle plans to give
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them. hewlett-packard hopes to prevent him from taking the new job, worried that he'll use the knowledge of the company's secrets to give oracle an unfair advantage. also said it would violate a confidentiality agreement he signed when he resigned. ellison called the suit vindictive. >> the transportation commission meeting now to decide whether it should award state funds to pay for a bart connect to oakland international airport. the half billion project is said to waste taxpayer money. they believe improving the existing bus connector from the coliseum bus station to the airport is faster and less expensive. bart disagrees and says the tram project will make it much easier for travelers. >> today santa clara officials set to take another big step to bring the san francisco 49ers to the south bay. santa clara city planner expected to approve zoning changes needed to build the stadium next to the great
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american theme park. design plans for the $937 million facility is also expected to be approved. santa clara voters okayed the deal in june. now city leaders need to finalizes the details so the team can line up financing for construction. if all goes as planned, the team would open the 2014 season in the south bay. a's owner lou wolf is moving forward with plans to build a new ballpark in the south bay. he's hired an architect to design the park in downtown san jose even though major league baseball has not approved the deal. oakland proposed three stadium sites. >> some good news today for three richmond schools. the city council voted unanimously last night to spend $100 million to keep kennedy high school and two elementary schools open through the 2011 0 2011-2012 school year. the council did have a warning for the school board. >> they have to get their act
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together. we can no longer have the city of richmond be atm every time they have a problem and threaten us with an attempt to close schools. >> during the meeting the school board president even argued that closi closing kennedy high would be dangerous because gang members would be forced to mix together at the remaining schools. >> police in sunnyvale asking for the public's help catching a serial arsonist maybe that struck a dozen times. a sketch of a person of interest has been handed out in the neighborhood. a hispanic man 19 to 20 years old between 5-8 and 5-10 inches tall with a slender build. this person may be tide to at least 15 arsons since may. nine of the fires happened a week ago. officials say the incidents are getting more serious. the arsonist set a truck on fire last week while a man was sleeping inside. firefighters pulled him out safely. >> the family of a yale graduate student may sue the university for hiring the man suspected of
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killing her as well as the school looked into her disappearance. today is the one-year anniversary of annie layless disappearance. her body was found five days later hidden behind the wall of the lab where she worked. it was supposed to be her wedding bay. an attorney for lay's family is questioning whether yale properly investigated his backgowned. said the technician was a control freak who clashed with scientists. >> this morning's drizzle is likely to blame for a power outage in three san francisco neighborhoods. pg&e reported more than 6200 customers lost electricity after 4:00 this morning in the city's mission, western edition and laurel heights neighborhoods. all the power was restored an hour later. officials stay at least three transformers have blown and pg&e crews are working to repair them. >> still ahead, google officially took the wraps off its new instant search feature this morning promising to reduce your search time and sending a
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two-day doodle mystery. oil giant b. p. releases its own report who's to blame for the massive oil spill in the gulf of mexico. >> top u.s. and afghan officials
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>> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. in colorado authorities are searching for eight people who did not leave their homes as a massive wildfire railed to the
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foothills near boulder. the 71 hundred acre fire destroyed 92 structures so far. it's not clear the missing people were in the homes of that been destroyed. nearly 3500 people were forced to run for their lives when that fire started monday. authorities are investigating reports the fire started when a car ran into a propane tank. >> b.p. released an internal report today on the causes of last april's deadly explosion and oil spill into the gulf. in that report, b.p. blames itself, rig owner transocean and cement contractor halliburton for a complex series of failures for the incident. the did he vice should have cut off the flow of oil from the ruptured well but didn't. analysts say the report is far from the definitive ruling on the explosion's cause but may provide a hint of b.p.'s legal
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strategy. it killed 11 workers and sent 2006 million gallons of oil into the gulf. >> in a new conference said to have no plans to cancel the burning of the muslim religious book the karan in spite of international outcry that has now reached into afghanistan. the top u.s. commander there talked with the afghan president karzai and they agree the karan burning by the florida pastor would undermine u.s. efforts in afghanistan. also today the u.s. secretary of state added her voice. >> the planned karan burning by a tiny florida church this saturday, the 9th anniversary of the september 11th terrorist attacks, has sparked a global cons jersey. >> it doesn't in any way represent americans or american government or american religious or political leadership. >> the man at the center of the storm, pastor terry jones, leader of the 50-member outreach center. even this warning from the top u.s. and nato commander in
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afghanistan. >> it puts our soldiers in jeopardy very likely. >> doesn't have jones' backing down. >> i think jesus would not run around burning books but i think he would burn this one. radical islam is dangerous. let's keep an eye on it, say no to it. >> it would be the latest demonstration targeting muslims nationwide. many at the planned community center and mosque two blocks from ground zero. in this morning's op-ed, says if america backs down from constructs the center rewe see the discourse and our future to radicals on both sides, a paradigm between the clash in the west will continue. john boehner laced the two issues saying he is against both. >> pastor jones and those who want to build the mosque, just because you have a right to do something in america does not mean it is the right thing to do. >> also weighing in on the controversy, the cat can and the
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vfw, also which strongly condemns the planned karan burning. abc news, new york. >> heavy rain is causing problems once again around dallas. crews are in the process of rescuing people stranded in the apartment complex in the suburb of arlington. remnants of tropical storm hermain that swept the shore in south texas on monday. >> meteorologist mike nicco ahead with the forecast. >> our own measurable drizzle this morning, about 600th's in san francisco. let's take a look, see if we can find sunshine. sure, some breaking through as the colder air starts to move in. look for more drizzle along the coast and our coolest temperatures in the week. where we'll see sunshine in just a few minutes. >> all right, mike. thanks very much. important information every parent wants to know. the latest results for car booster seats for children. >> in san jose, an innovative
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♪ mountain view based google puts speculation to rest this morning and officially introduced what it calls instant s search. it means you can search your results and evolve as soon as you start typing in your quarry. google says its search engine can anticipate what you're looking for and reduce average search time by 2 to 5 seconds. the rollout ends two days of buildup through mysterious doodles that ended with live updates. you know the gray this morning. >> anticipate the interest. good site to try out. >> how about instant updates on the weather. >> just open the weather window. south beach to the east. you see off in the distance berkeley and oakland. a lot of low-topped cumulus
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clouds. when you bring a cold, damp air mass in over relatively warm ground. that's what we're doing with this fall air mass from alaska and canada. san jose we have the cloud cover and a little sprinkle or two may drop but the best chance of seeing anything will be along the coast where we could have drizzle during the afternoon hours. let's take a look at temperatures. look how cool they are. still in the 50s in san francisco, half moon bay, los gatos. low to mid-60s around the bay and mid-60s in inland valleys in the north bay and east bay. low to mid-60s the monterey bay and inland to gilroy and salinas. don't think it's going to warm up with much more than we're dealing with now. yesterday that cool crisp breeze and that drizzle chance at the coast. >> drying and clearing as high pressure moves in tonight and starts to scrub our sky clean. it will bring warmer, drier and brighter weekend. as far as today, keep dropping again in most neighborhoods.
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san francisco could be the exception, oakland 63. concord drops two more degrees to 70. redwood city, san jose, santa rosa. 7, 8 and 9 degrees cooler. yesterday we were about 10 to 20 degrees cooler than the day before. what a significant change this cold front has made. look at the outline of the clouds, the drizzle it kicked up, the cold air cumulus clouds that's going to be here today. it's pretty narrow. behind it this area of high pressure. let's drop down and find out how much warmer it's going to get. not much. upper 60s today with a partly sunny sky. on the peninsula mid to upper 60s, cloudy and drizzle along the coast and mid to upper 50s for you. sunshine around downtown, south san francisco and sausalito with low 60s for you. a little more sunshine in the north bay valleys, upper 60s to low 70s. at your beaches pretty cloudy and mid to upper 50s. partly sunny on the east bay
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shore. mid to upper 60s for you. likely warmer if you will in the east bay valleys and breeze, too, with low 60s, too. monterey bay, cloud cover. mid to upper 60s inland. a good chance of seeing some showers just down to the south and the higher elevations in your neighborhood. speaking of rain and showers, tahoe 60 today. the snow level tonight could drop to around 8500 feet. scattered thunderstorms, even some snow tonight. wrapping up the series with the mariners. really cloudy, a little damp outside. 58 by the time the game ends. santa rosa 49, low to mid-50s in most other neighborhoods. even 49 in half moon bay. here's a look at your accu-weather seven-day forecast. tomorrow we'll jump nearly 2 to 4 degrees as we'll see more sunshine today and the breezes will start to taper. on friday we'll jump another about 2 to 6 degrees and then inland we'll jump a couple more degrees over the weekend.
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the weekend more colin powells, low to mid-70s around the bay, low to mid-80s inland. >> listen to this. a new government review suggests that car booster seats are getting better with proper fit for kids riding in the backseat. given top marks to 21 of 72 seats and evaluated for properly restraining children. booster seats are used by children between the ages of 4 and 8 and elevate kids so the seat belts fit them better. >> you can see that the lap belt lies flat across the upper flies. and the kips help keep the shoulder developed in the middle of the shoulder. good position to provide protection in a crash. >> one children's hospital study in philadelphia found kids in booster seats in the back are 45 less likely to be in crashes than kids wearing seat belts.
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go to our website, abc7news.com, and look under "see it on tv." >> children and parents at one san jose elementary school are walking rather than driving to school as part of the new innovative program. it's the parent-led group called a walking school bus. it's because of budget cuts to transportation. the walking school bus also reduces traffic and greenhouse gas emissions. mayor check reid says some of the most dangerous conditions are by parents dropping kids off. >> maybe they're forgetful, not paying attention. we do know we have problems around some of our schools with the bad traffic behavior. >> the program also urges drivers to slow down and pay attention in school zones. >> use good advice. coming up next, how the right kind of dance moves can make men more attractive. >> that may have men putting on >> that may have men putting on their dancing shoes.s.s.s.s.s.s.
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man: we need a sofa. something i can stretch out on! woman: ooh... that will go with those lamps my mother gave us. or we could get some new lamps. or we could get no sofa. negotiating, eh? you got it! how about a nice home for our tv? how about doors to hide that drive-in theater? how about a cowhide rug? yee-haw! and the snacks? get their own place. let the marathon begin!
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as governor, he cut waste got rid of the mansion and the limo budgets were balanced. $4 billion in tax cuts. world class schools and universities. clean energy promoted. 1.9 million new jobs created. california was working. i'm jerry brown. california needs major changes. we have to live within our means; we have to return power
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and decision making to the local level-closer to the people and no new taxes without voter approval. jerry brown the knowledge and know-how to get california working again. >> today on oprah at 4:00, celebrity hookups, cher, justin timberlake and usher. women do many things to cope with morning sickness. now whether there's a proven remedy. how much investment will it take for silicon valley if the governor succeeds in bringing the world expo to the region. we'll have those stories and more later today at 5:00. >> men, you may want to start working on your dance moves. >> new research indicates men who dance like this are not only considered more attractive, but also more healthy. >> what is that? the robot cop, the electric
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slide? can't tell. researchers in england created this animation what it calls good dancing. the good dancers did a lot of twisting and head moves. >> performed better in biochemical tests. that was the good dancing. bad dancers, the men who kind of twitch and shuffle around. i thought it was kind of cool but what do i know? >> no, the researchers dubbed this bad dancing or bad, bad dancing! >> mike, you don't dance that way. i know you worked on it. no, that's disgusting. terrible. wife would never be happy if i did that! may not be happy with the weather. cool today. oprah: about to lose their homes -- that's a great hookup. one of the biggest harpo hookups of all time. then, a cher triple whammy. >> ah! oprah: plus, justin timberlake, diane e e e e e e e e e e e e e how would i make school a beer place?
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